Dr Nedic writes for A2 magazine about your aesthetic hang-ups solved with Aesthetic medicine tools
It is now time for aesthetic medicine to gain the long awaited recognition for being a method of improving psychological, social and emotional well-being – and not just a tool for “vanity fading” in older people. Dr Sly Nedic reports on non-invasive procedures designed to give us our confidence back – at any age.
For many years, aesthetic medicine has been mostly utilized by ageing individuals who are searching for quick and non-invasive methods to diminish the signs of ageing. However, recent studies have revealed that there is a substantial number of younger people seeking to improve their appearance by using non-invasive procedures offered by aesthetic medicine. Therefore, aesthetic medicine can be – and should be – expended by any age group to eliminate facial and body imperfections
Fortunately, there is an abundance of non-invasive procedures available to help treat many imperfections that we were born with, which ultimately make us feel less confident.
Profiloplasty, involves the balancing of proportions of the face profile, such as the nose, lips and chin. While many patients do not like their nose size or shape, they avoid going for surgery because they are afraid of either the associated pain, outcome or down time. So, they often think that “one day” they’ll undergo their desired aesthetic treatment when they have finally built up the courage and found the funds. However, many patients will seldom search on the internet for non–invasive methods of nose reshaping, as they mistakenly think that the information available is limited.
There are several unwanted characteristics of the nose, namely: hooked, crooked, overly broad nostrils, flat-nose bridge, and humps. Some ethnicities have very distinct nasal features which contribute to the facial harmony that represents that group, but often people identify them as being imperfections. For example, I have African patients that complain about their “flat noses” and Italians that are not happy with their “crooked noses”. However, modern aesthetics can fix these perceived imperfections so that patients can feel more confident and pleased with their appearance.
This is a fast and non-invasive aesthetic medicine tool, which makes use of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to augment and re-shape the nose. Obviously, the experience and artistic eye of the doctor are fundamental for this method to be successful. When assessing the profile of a patient, we take into consideration the full picture – in other words, the proportions of the lips, chin and nose collectively – and not just the shape of the nose.
Aesthetically, there is nothing more attractive than a beautiful smile. Individuals with a gummy smile are often self-conscious about it and thus avoid smiling. Moreover, they think they have to live with it for the rest of their lives, as they will seldom look for a place to correct this – and certainly not in aesthetic clinics. The good news is that this facial imperfection can be easily fixed by botulinum toxin. Recently, dermal fillers for lip augmentation have been added to this procedure to diminish a gummy smile.
There are many cases where the chin is undersized (different degrees of hypognatia) which can tremendously affect one’s profile. Severe cases definitely need surgery, but mild cases can be easily augmented with dermal fillers. Additionally, botulinum toxin can be used to correct a chin that appears ‘pebbled’ when one talks (as in the case with some people).
Lastly, an added benefit to profiloplasty, is that once it is done correctly, the frontal view of the face
also becomes softer and more attractive (and not just the profile).
Eyes: tear troughs
The tear trough is the groove that begins at the inner corner of the eyes and travels down across your cheek. It is a natural and normal contour that is caused by an area of compressed tissue layers,
and can even be present in young children. So it is incorrect to call it a tear trough deformity. It however can be very prominent – and even younger people who have it often complain that it makes them look tired, giving them a more aged appearance. These troughs also worsen with age, especially when a person has sunken eyes. Young ladies are often very self-conscious about it, so they tend to use concealers to hide this. But, unfortunately, some of these concealers are of poor quality, which often makes this condition worse.
In this instance, turning to aesthetic procedures to alleviate this concern can work wonders. We now can offer a new generation of fillers, which are designed for the use in delicate areas without causing side effects such as blue discoloration. Naturally, many younger people will not look for solutions at aesthetic clinics that are more commonly designed to treat the aging population. As a result, they will more commonly go to beauticians, use cosmetics or simply wait to age before they seek help. This procedure is, however, easily affordable and it will give them a fresh and natural look without others noticing that something was done.
Take home message
Using these easy and affordable aesthetic procedures for the removal of our facial hang-ups can produce remarkable results – at least for a period of time and by younger people too!